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After dropping in to Ad Astra as briefly as I did (seriously, I think I spent more time on transit than at the con - why could they not pick a hotel IN Toronto??), I realized that maybe it would have been good to go, even with all the chaos of new hotel and schedules missing and everything. It was great just to talk books and writing (and cats) with people who aren't coworkers.

The problem is, I don't trust myself to feel social, or to seize opportunities. Surprisingly, I did at Ad Astra, like when I spotted Adam's name on his badge and just called out to him because I knew if I didn't, I probably wouldn't run into him again. But it felt weird, and intrusive, instead of assertively social. I am such an introvert.

But I'm glad I did. And I'm glad I found Beverly and struck up a conversation with her, too. Sometimes, attempting social pays off.

There was a particular panel at SFContario that put me off the whole con-going thing last year. I probably should have written up my thoughts on it at the time, but it boils down to "dear elder fandom: the kids are all right." And I know SFC is still young and trying to get established. But I kind of wish Ad Astra was the one downtown.


Relatedly, while walking back from a Friday lunch break trip to Soma, my boss inquired about hearing me mention I was going to ChiCon, and asked if I was going to see any authors in particular. Which made me realize I didn't even remember who the GoH(s) are.


Meanwhile, my rant about WFC claiming to be "in Toronto" this year has simmered down to a manageable level. I'll post a "how to get there if you're really IN Toronto and not driving" resource post instead. Be constructive.

In brief

Apr. 1st, 2012 06:47 pm
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Life has gotten the better of me. I have posts I keep meaning to make, but never write. Same old, same old.


I won't be at Ad Astra this year, nor SFContario, as I am saving my money, vacation time, and social abilities for WorldCon/ChiCon7 and World Fantasy Con.

At least I still have plenty of time to make that "things you should know about Richmond Hill (starting with how it's not "Toronto")" post for WFC.
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The "where I was when" version. Some panel notes to follow. Maybe. >.>

Ad Astra 2011 - 30th Anniversary

Friday )

Saturday )

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In an effort to stop costing myself more money by doing things last minute, I have pre-registered for Ad Astra. Thus, even if only go for all of Saturday, it is not costing me any more than it would if I bought just Saturday at the door. Will mostly likely TTC back and forth, and hope for decent weather.

Ad Astra
April 8-10, 2011
Toronto Don Valley Hotel & Suites
1250 Eglinton Avenue East

Next on the agenda, must also pre-reg for SFContario 2011.


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